Interior Design Trends Through the Decades

Much like with fashion, trends over the 20th Century have been finding their way back into new home designs. You will find that houses today are paying homage to old Hollywood glamour, the short-lived Art Deco movement, and other styles without even meaning to.

 

Although some trends from the past should be welcomed back with open arms, others would be better off forgotten about. Take, for instance, the craze for inflatable furniture back in the 90s which would be plain bad taste in these modern times. So, if you want a blast from the past with your interiors, choose your throwback inspiration wisely.

 

Here is some advice to guide you:

Zebra pattern rugs and ebony furniture simply speak Art Deco

Zebra pattern rugs and ebony furniture simply speak Art Deco

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Art Deco

Look into bold geometric patterns with a clear preference for symmetry and sharp angles. At the same time, use stainless steel, chrome, inlaid wood, lacquer, glass, exotic skins, marble, ebony, and similar materials generously.

 

 

A wonderful contrast in colours to showcase modernism

A wonderful contrast in colours to showcase modernism

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Modernist

Go for simple and clean furniture, preferably pieces with contrasting textures and colours. For your colour palette, opt for orange, white, black, red, and grey. Consider adding open shelving and folding screens along with wooden furnishings featuring ruffles and floral fabrics.

 

 

Take cues from Ernest Hemingway for mid-century modern rooms

Take cues from Ernest Hemingway for mid-century modern rooms

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Mid-Century Modern

Gentle organic curves, clean lines, different materials—these are what this style is all about. A timeless and understated look is what you want to go after. So, keep ornamentation to a minimum and let your furniture speak for itself with its uncluttered and sleek appeal.

 

 

A lot of negative space without looking boring

A lot of negative space without looking boring

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Minimalist

Less is more” is the motto for this interior design trend, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for something stark and boring. Take cues from the simple tastes of the Japanese and place emphasis on negative space. White, black, blue, yellow, and red are colours you’ll want on your walls or decor.

 

 

Say hello to expressionism with bright colours like these

Say hello to expressionism with bright colours like these

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Expressionist

While it might not be a term you hear quite often, you should be familiar with its main concept of self-expression. Avoid deep and heavy colours though and, instead, combine bright shades with soft and faded hues. Also, switch from wood to mirror, glass, plastic, porcelain, and stone. And don’t be afraid to mix natural and high-tech elements together.

 

 

Floral patterns were all the rage then

Floral patterns were all the rage then

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The New Modern

Preppy and bohemian might be the most appropriate terms for this design style with its overuse for floral patterns and prints. Overstuffed furniture, pastels, stripes, and chintz are other perfect embodiment’s of this movement. Of course, you mustn’t forget the Formica counter-tops or copper fittings in the kitchen either.

 

 

Bring back the 90s with skirted tables and blonde wood floors

Bring back the 90s with skirted tables and blonde wood floors

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Individualist

Bring back the interiors you enjoyed in your younger years with floral wallpaper, blonde wood floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, skirted tables, and country accents. Add a touch of glass, brass, metal, hunter green, and beige here and there and you should have no trouble bringing the 90s back into your home.

 

 

Colour can be a unifying theme for eclectic interiors

Colour can be a unifying theme for eclectic interiors

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Eclecticism

The distinguishing features of this design movement are functionality, sophistication, and comfort. It seeks to combine eclectic elements with a unifying theme, and it’s likely the design you see in most homes today. You can use anything and everything as long as they are connected by a single concept or motif.

 

It’s wise to find inspiration from the past while looking forward to the future, especially when it comes to your home. Doing so will help you determine what you like or not so you can have a house that is perfectly your own.

 

If you’re having a hard time deciding what to do with your interiors, consult with a professional. You can also browse through the display homes Brisbane has to see how ideas will be translated into reality.